Published on November 18th, 2012 | by Chaz2
The Ghosts in the O’Deary Family Closet, Part 7
The O’Deary Family history is filled with ghosts.
Hello there, fellow conspiracy nuts and surveyors of the supernatural!
I am Chaz, and if you’ve stumbled upon my little corner of the Internet, you’ve likely had at least a passing interest in that mysterious building we call the O’Deary Library.
Not all is right within the walls of this house of literature, as many of you have already guessed. What you may not realize, however, is just how deep the mystery of the library runs – and how deeply linked it is to the family who established it. Join me as I take you through the mountains of evidence I’ve uncovered which all leads back to the unnatural behavior of this curious family, spanning generations and generations.
Let’s dive in.
Well, Devin was understandably concerned. After all, he’d just found out from the former owner that the property he’d just purchased was cursed! Admit it – you’d be a little freaked out, too.
So off Devin went into town, trying to get every scrap of news that he could from the people who had lived there longest. What had happened in this building? Was it really, truly cursed? The deep, buried obsession with the supernatural that all O’Dearys had was quickly rising to the surface, and Devin had to know for sure what was going on under his own roof. What he found, unfortunately, was not exactly what he’d hoped for.
After coming across several old ladies who refused to even speak of the building – an ill omen, he deemed – Devin finally sat down with another elderly chap by the name of Timothy Mugwort. Now, Mugwort was a strange fellow – his bizarre habit of sleeping in his porch rocking chair (while wearing nothing but long underwear) made him very unpopular with the other townsfolk. But he had been living there for a very, very long time, and he knew all the legends and stories – even some of the true ones – and so he was well-liked by the neighboring children. Their parents would often find them sitting on his stoop listening to the feeble old man prattle on about this and that, then scurry them off home before “Mad Mugwort” stepped inside to get ready for “bed”.
So it was that Devin O’Deary met Mad Mugwort, long-johns and all. Finding him far less resistant to speaking about his new property than the others he’d seen, Devin probed the man’s memory. The building’s history turned out to not be to his liking at all.
It seemed that three of the last four owners of the building had passed away untimely, and in very strange ways – inside the building itself! Even more unsettling was the news that Mugwort had to share about the owners which Devin had bought the property from: all of his family members had died under strange and disturbing circumstances. He explained (all too happily, I regret to inform you – he was a strange chap, as I said) how one had disappeared for weeks before turning up drowned in a toilet of the women’s washroom, while another seemed to have leaped from the roof of the building to her death (coincidence? I think not!).
Devin returned home with this news, but Mary was unfazed by Mad Mugwort’s tales. She was much too busy setting up their brand new library to be troubled with any of this “superstitious hokum”, as she called it. Devin was not convinced. While Mary spent her days arranging shelves and scouring the city for cheap books to populate the library with, Devin would often sneak away to hear more of Mugwort’s stories.
Devin’s obsession with the supernatural as a child made it very difficult for him to simply ignore such obvious evidence of evil. There was something strange within the walls of his new library; he was sure of it. Every time he stepped into those dark halls, he could sense something lurking just out of sight. He became so enraptured by Mugwort’s stories that he could not tear himself away from the underwear-wearing man, and Mary soon found herself amongst all of the other mothers, pulling Devin away by the ear from the “crazy old man”.
Devin became convinced that it was necessary for the family to cut their losses and choose a new building to start the library in. Mary, however, would not hear Devin’s pleas to relocate – it just made no sense to abandon such a perfect location. This might be their only chance to afford this dream of his, and to honor Augusta! In the end, the thought of his mother’s wishes was enough to persuade the nervous O’Deary.
If she’d only listened to him, none of the tragedy that was about to befall their family would have come to pass.